Second Grade

October 2022

Events

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022: Yom Kippur (no school)
  • Monday, October 10, 2022: Indigenous People’s Day (no school)

Reading

This Unit of Reading from Teacher’s College is all about building our stamina and becoming stronger readers. The students will be deciding how they read, setting goals for how long they read, solving tricky words, scooping up words in a snap, reading in longer phrases, and how the book comes together. The students will be using different parts of grammar to help them recognize words and sound out tricky words they do not know. Lastly, the students will be able to use text clues to figure out what a word means within the text they are reading. You can support your child at home by ensuring your child reads daily and model good reading habits in your home.

Writing

We are beginning our Small Moment Personal Narrative writing. We have been going through the writing process by capturing story ideas, discovering small moments that matter, adding detail, and revising and editing with a checklist. We will be focusing on strong beginnings and endings. We need to make the reader FEEL something when we write. Also, we are trying to focus on how we can use different author’s styles in our own writing to learn new techniques. You can support your child at home by adding details using the questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how in their writing.

Math

Chapter 1 of Envisions Math 2.0 covers addition and subtraction within 20, fluently adding up to 20. The big idea of the chapter is that addition and subtraction are related. We will continue to work with this chart to help us compare large numbers at the end of the chapter. Chapter 2 is all about number and operation in base ten. The students will be practicing grouping tens as hundreds, explore three-digit numbers, place values to one thousand, and comparing numbers. When working with place value it is best to have a hundreds, tens, and ones chart. At home, you and your child can review basic addition and subtraction facts, fact families, doubles and near doubles facts and review place value and counting on by tens and hundreds and counting back. You can also review place value and counting on by tens and hundreds and counting back.

Social Studies

We are beginning our unit on Geography where we learn about different kinds of maps. We will look at a map of our state and observe all the geographic features such as mountains, lakes and rivers. We will then use the maps to learn about our city and the five boroughs. We will identify how people changed the land to make life easier for us to live. We will describe why we made all these changes. Next, we will be learning about the different kinds of communities: Rural, Urban and Suburban. You can support your child at home by looking at your community and surrounding neighborhood and pointing out what makes it a suburban community.

Phonics

Our FUNdations  program lays the critical groundwork for foundational skills needed to supplement a literature –based language arts program. Each level of FUNdations builds upon the previous one.  Rotating through diverse activities using different modalities and reinforcements supports learning and mastery while maintaining interest.  Heggerty is a research-based program to build phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to isolate, substitute and manipulate sounds we hear which  transfers to the ability to do this when reading.